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White Sox get good news on Adam LaRoche's back

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White Sox get good news on Adam LaRoche's back

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam LaRoche’s back has gone from hurting to significantly improved.

Though the White Sox first baseman had already gone home Sunday, a team official said LaRoche has made good progress after he left the previous day’s game early with back spasms.

LaRoche was scheduled to miss Sunday’s game anyway after he played games on Friday and Saturday. But he didn’t require an MRI and has no nerve damage, either, according to club officials. LaRoche will be re-evaluated on Monday.

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“They’re encouraging (reports),” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He says he feels better today. But who knows how long this is going to be. It has to do with the back so we don’t expect him to be in there tomorrow, either. Hopefully the day after we can get something out of him. But you know right now we’re just going to see how he feels.”

LaRoche suffered the injury during a third-inning at-bat in the team’s 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. He headed to the clubhouse in the bottom of the inning and later told MLB.com “it hurts.”

LaRoche homered in Friday’s game, his first appearance of the spring. Ventura said he’s encouraged because the injury involves LaRoche’s lower back — “it wasn’t something at the ribs or something like that,” he said.

Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

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Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

Zack Burdi was thought of as a college pitcher who could make the major leagues quickly after he was drafted in 2016.

The White Sox drafted him 26th overall that year and it appeared his quick rise through the minors was going to come true. Burdi reached Triple-A Charlotte by the end of 2016 and had a 2.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings with the Knights.

However, he had Tommy John surgery in July and hasn't pitched in more than 11 months. The 23-year-old from Downers Grove is nearing his return and had video proof.

That's Burdi throwing off a mound, which means a rehab stint might not be far behind. Burdi may not getting into the full swing of things before the minor league season ends in early September, but this is a good sign for him being ready to go for spring training in 2019.

Before going on the disabled list, Burdi had a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 1/3 innings with the Knights in 2017.

Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

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Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

Ozzie Guillen and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to discuss what National League team is the biggest threat for the Cubs, possible minor league moves for the White Sox and if Addison Russell should be 'always ready' versus expecting an off day.

Plus, we go pregaming with Siera Santos.

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